Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Another outstanding recipe from cooking light. Tastes like Tom Kha (Thai coconut soup) without all of the expense and fancy ingredients.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in coconut milk, onions, chopped cilantro, and lime juice. Spoon rice into a soup bowl; ladle soup over rice.
Most Helpful

I'm giving this 5 star rating with one stipulation - additional lime (or lemon) juice! Without the lemongrass, it seemed to be missing something. I listened to my brother for once and brought out some sliced lemons. (Lime would've been good, but I only bought one for the recipe and had already used it up.) Everyone squeezed it into their soup. It went from 3 stars to 5! A great alternative to restaurant thai soup which usually contains MSG.

Natalia 3 August 08, 2006

Let me rave about this! Absolutely delicious! Full of flavor, an undercurrent of heat, very fresh tasting. I used homemade, salt-free chicken stock and added salt at the end. Also, I could not bring myself to boil the shrimp--so I brought the liquid to a boil, lowered the heat and then added the shrimp. What a really wonderful (and easy) soup!

Chef Kate April 03, 2006

I thought this was delicious! I gave it 4 stars bc I needed more spice. I served this over brown rice and it was still great. Thanks for the great recipe!

Easy Going Chef April 05, 2010